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Abstract

CARVALHO, Maitê Peres de; LUCKOW, Eliara Lüdtke Tuchtenhagen  and  SIQUEIRA, Fernando Vinholes. Falls and associated factors in institutionalized elderly people in Pelotas (RS, Brazil). Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.6, pp. 2945-2952. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000600032.

The ageing of the population generates interest among health professionals, because of its importance for health. A cross-sectional study was carried out including institutionalized subjects aged over 65 from Pelotas (RS, Brazil). The aim was to investigate the prevalence of falls and associated factors. The prevalence of falls was 33.5%; the most frequent place in which falls occurred was the bedroom (37%). Of all falls, 16.9% resulted in a fracture. Approximately 70% of the falls took place at the institution in which the subjects live. Ankles and hips were the most frequently anatomic sites fractured (33,3%). The prevalence of falls among the elderly was high and the consequences of such falls are worrying. Prevention strategies by healthcare professionals and managers are urgently needed in order to minimize the burden of falls and thus enhance the quality of life of institutionalized elderly people.

Keywords : Institutionalized elderly people; Falls; Fractures.

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